Misson Parish Council
Here are the answers to questions recently asked by Misson residents to IGas via the CLG.
1. Now that IGas have received planning consent (subject to Section 106 and other Conditions being satisfied), members of the Misson (sic) and wider community would like IGas to present its plans for developing the site at Misson Springs, from now through to the site restoration. Please offer dates when IGas representatives would be available.
The plans for the site are as submitted in the Planning Application, which has been discussed extensively. The key unknown is the actual timing of the activities. Notwithstanding this IGas representatives would be happy to come and talk to the community, but until we know the detail of the Section 106 agreement and have an accurate timescale for construction there is little value to be gained from a meeting. We will get back to you with potential dates once we know more.
2. What are IGas’ intentions in respect of how the bond should be calculated, the range of values it is considering and the proposed arrangements for financial surety?
These issues will be discussed and agreed with Nottinghamshire County Council. At present we await a draft of the Section 106 document to be submitted to us so we cannot provide any further details at the moment. The Section 106 agreement will be a public document.
3. Can IGas confirm that other partners in PEDL 139/140 will participate in the financial bond, to values representative of their respective stakes in the PEDL? Can IGas confirm that its other partners in PEDL 139/140 will be joint and severally liable in respect of restoration costs that are not covered by the total value of the bond?
Yes, IGas and its partners are jointly and severally liable for these costs.
4. Can IGas confirm that L Jackson and Son Ltd has been made aware of its obligations under Minerals Planning Policy Guidelines in the event that IGas is unable to meet its commitments to restore the site?
Yes we can confirm L Jackson and Son Ltd are fully aware of their obligations.
5. What insurance arrangements will IGas put in place to protect its new neighbours in the event of any damage to their property from IGas’ activities (eg Misson Training Area SSSI, Pollybell, adjacent residential dwellings?)
We have insurances as with any other business and if a direct link could be found to link damage to third party property from our activities then owners would file a no fault claim to their insurance company, who would then claim against IGas as the Operator. IGas would then progress the matter with its insurer and the other partners.
6. Proposals for monitoring; in respect of each aspect covered by the planning conditions, please confirm IGas proposals for:
What will be measured
Frequency of measurement
Medium for dissemination of measurement results
How breaches/ exceptions will be communicated.
As is normal practice for our operations, part of the conditions attached to the planning permission require a document to be submitted detailing all of these proposals. Planning conditions of these type are well established and understood. This will be agreed in conjunction with the regulators, including the Minerals Planning Authority.
7. Please confirm IGas’ proposals for composition of this forum, its remit, frequency of meetings and its powers.
The current terms of reference for the CLG detail our plans to continue with the CLG until restoration is complete. However at the last meeting of the CLG it was agreed to review the terms of reference in order to reflect (as necessary) what is stated in the Section 106 agreement. This can only be done once the S106 is signed off and planning permission is granted. Clearly any changes to the CLG terms will require Notts CC approval.
8. During the NCC Planning Committee meeting, it was mentioned several times that the Oil and Gas Authority must confirm that IGas is a ‘suitable’ organisation in advance of any drilling commencing. When does IGas envisage that it will be obtaining OGA confirmation?
IGas is an approved Operator by the OGA. As such we are required to abide by the terms of the licence and its associated clauses. Once we are in a position to drill then the OGA will be informed and will grant consent for the well if they are satisfied all requirements are met.
9. Please provide current status of discussions with Network Rail regarding IGas and its agents use of the level crossing, with particular reference to Abnormal Loads and HGVs.
Discussions are ongoing and a contract will be agreed and signed before any works commence.
Regulation 22 Documents
The Regulation 22 documents have now been submitted to Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) for consideration. The Regulation 22 request asked for supplementary information relating to the planning application for the two exploratory boreholes at Springs Road.
There is now a further public consultation period until 17th May and you can make comments on the information submitted by IGas.
Following this, NCC can make a further request for more information or the Planning Officer will then compile his report for the Planning Committee which will recommend either consent or refusal of the application which will be determined at a full planning committee meeting. With the current timeline this is unlikely to take place until June 2016 at the earliest.
The Regulation 22 documentation can be viewed either on the NCC planning website here:
or on the IGas Springs Road website here:
You can email your responses to this email address:
The Parish Council will be meeting to compile their own response during May.
The Environment Agency (EA) Consultation is open for public response until 23.59 on March 8th 2016. Please find details of how to respond here:
Please find below the Misson Parish Council Response to the EA Draft Permit Consultation.
IGas have submitted an application to Nottinghamshire County Council for two exploratory shale gas wells in Misson Springs. The full application can be found here:
Please find below the Misson Parish Council Response to this application ES/3379.